Proverbs and Sayings from Elsewhere, from other parts of the world.

  1. Those who win become emperors and those who lose become bandits.
    In original language: Chinese
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  2. The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its arse.
    Other variations …:
    The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its butt.
    The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its tail.
    The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt
    The more a monkey climbs a tree higher, the more it exposes its nakedness
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: China
  3. To handle others use your heart, to handle yourself use your head.
    Community/language of origin: English
    Country: USA
  4. It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  5. Patience is a tree whose roots are bitter, but whose fruits are sweet.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  6. It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
    Community/language of origin: Spanish
    Country: Spain
  7. God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  8. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: USA
  9. Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
    Community/language of origin: English, attributed to Benjamin Franklin
    Country: USA
  10. Never open your door to the least of your misfortunes. If you do, the rest will follow.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  11. Wedlock is like a place besieged, those without wish to get in, those without want to get out.
    Other forms:
    Marriage is like a besieged city, everyone on the outside wants to get in, anyone on the inside wants to get out.
    French:
    Le mariage est une forteresse assiégée, ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir.
    Community/language of origin: English proverb
    Country: England
  12. Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.
    Community/language of origin: Arabian Proverb
    Country: Unknown
  13. Friend are like shoes, some loose some tight.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  14. Once you grip the head of a serpent, the rest of the body is a piece of rope.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  15. Give a thousand chances to your enemy to become a friend but do not give a single chance to your friend to become an enemy.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  16. A lion’s power lies in our fear of it.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  17. On a day your luck is out, even cold porridge will burn you.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  18. It is better to have a wise enemy than a foolish friend.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  19. Blowing out someone else’s candle will not make yours shine any brighter.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  20. It does not matter whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: China
  21. Try not to make enemies deliberately, because you make so many accidentally.
    Community/language of origin: English
    Country: United Kingdom
  22. Consider the past and you shall know the future.
    Community/language of origin: China/Chinese
    Country: China
  23. If the water is too clear, then there is nothing for the fish to eat.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  24. Even if a monkey wears a gold ring, it is and remains an ugly creature
    In original language: Al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een lelijk ding
    Community/language of origin: Dutch
  25. Like father, like son.
    In original language: An Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.
    Community/language of origin: Germany
    Country: Germany
    Read more about An Apfel fällt nicht
  26. Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  27. Every journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China

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